Coup looms in Mali as soldiers take over streets
There are fears of a possible coup-de-etat in Mali as soldiers are seen in the capital and Kati town arresting top politicians and senior military officer This followed nearly three months of demonstrations calling for President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s resignation.
Tanks and military vehicles are moving around the streets of Kati,15 kilometres from the capital, Bamako.
Government workers in the nearby capital of Bamako are evacuating.“Arrests are being made of officials. It’s total confusion,” an officer at Mali’s Ministry of Internal Security, told journalists.
The development comes amid the intervention by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) that was not really successful.
As events were unfolding, President Muhmmadu Buhari had a closed-door meeting with former President Dr Goodluck Jonathan at the State House, Abuja.
Although the details of their discussions were yet to be disclosed sources suggested it was all about the ongoing mediation in the political crisis in Mali and possibly the unfolding situation in the country.
Dr Jonathan had been at the forefront of moves to midwife a peace deal in the Malian impasse as a Special Envoy.